The New Year….again
Amazing. It has been over a year since I have updated this blog.
One. Solid. Year.
I am not really sure why this has happened…or how. In anticipation of this posting, I have gone back and read some of the blogs I posted in the five years prior to this last one. What an incredible collection of thoughts on raising a family, adoption, developing relationships, teaching, activities and world events! And all of that is missing from 2012. It’s not like 2012 wasn’t a momentous year for my family and I….because it was. SO. MANY. THINGS. happened that I needed to share…..should have shared….and still might share eventually. So many things.
So this is how 2012 shaped up in the end.
My Father died. Period.
My daughter made a choice last spring that affected the way people looked at and trusted her, and very nearly took soccer out of the equation of her life. It was a choice that had us reeling as parents….and kind of left us floating on a raft all alone….not quite knowing how to get things back on an even keel. We are proud of her and the way she handled herself….even if we are still out of kilter at times.
My son graduated from high school and successfully navigated his way through his first semester away at college. And learned how to take care of himself through his first bout of flu. Away from home. Away from Mom and Dad. Sniff.
My Mother, who lives with my sister and her family several states away, spent a huge chunk of time in our home last summer. We found ourselves revisiting things we had done as I was growing up. We were knitting. Making baskets. Playing Scrabble. Visiting with distant family members. Sitting in the sun and gossiping. Playing more Scrabble. It was a nice summer for me and difficult to give up.
Her extended holiday visit has been another ‘adventure’ that is a tale in it’s own. Heh.
My job is still to teach computer skills to third, fourth and fifth graders. In my district, that means that I service three elementary buildings…… 33 teachers and 783 students…for 45 minutes a week…..every week. This year I have returned to a building I have been gone from for two years….and another where I have been gone for nine years. Old friends. New students. New ‘old’ students who are much taller….and have bigger teeth.
Nearly a year has gone by since my father’s death. We have made it through every ‘first holiday without him.’ It has been rough at times. Rougher still given the distance and differences between family. But we have muddled through it.
But that’s what life is all about, I guess. What 2012 has taught me the most. Riding the waves and getting through.
Here’s to 2013.
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